These are STEM or Space related opportunities that are currently available to residents of Colorado. Please see linked web pages for additional information. Not everyone will qualify for these opportunities. We are not affiliated with any of the organizations offering these opportunities and inclusion here is not an endorsement of any company or organization.


Opportunity: Call for Papers – 2017 International Mars Society Convention
Deadline: June 30, 2017

Description: The Mars Society invites presentations for the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 7-10, 2017 at the University of California Irvine. Subjects for discussion can involve all matters associated with Mars exploration and establishing a permanent human presence on the Red Planet, including science, technology, politics, economics, public advocacy, government affairs, international cooperation, etc.

Opportunity: Grand Challenge Call For Proposals 2017
Deadline: July 1, 2017

Description: CU-Boulder has its own Grand Challenge program, modeled after a national effort, focused on Earth and Space Science. The CU Grand Challenge, “Our Space, Our Future”, builds on and expands the progress of current programs and efforts, which include Earth Lab, Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing (IRISS), the university’s Space Minor and the Center for the Study of Origins. The call for proposals is expected to fund one large research initiative at approximately $1 million per year for three to five years and one or two smaller projects at $250K per year for three to five years. Proposals can have direct and strong ties to existing Grand Challenge projects or represent new and complementary additions to the portfolio.

Opportunity: 2017 Shoemaker NEO Grant
Deadline: July 31, 2017

Description: In 1997, the Society began the Gene Shoemaker NEO grant program to help in the global effort to meet the Spaceguard goal of discovering 90% of the 1-kilometer (0.6-mile) and larger NEOs that can impact our planet. The program honors pioneering planetary geologist Gene Shoemaker, who did so much to help us understand the process of impact cratering on the planets and the nature of the NEO population, and seeks to assist amateur observers, observers in developing countries, and under-funded professional observers in contributing to vital NEO research. Although amateur observers still contribute many valuable NEO observations, their most significant contributions have evolved away from NEO discovery and astrometric follow-up (observations to help refine the orbits of new NEOs discovered by the professional surveys) to valuable physical studies that help better characterize the physical nature of these planetary projectiles, and to a lesser extent, tracking of impacts on other worlds. This round of Shoemaker grants will focus on advancing amateur contributions in these latter areas (particularly physical studies and to a lesser extent astrometric follow-up). Priority will be given to applicants seeking to improve facilities with large telescopes and/or for automation. Priority will also be given to programs that can leverage Shoemaker grant funds through matching contributions from other sources. The Planetary Society welcomes applications from amateur and under-funded professional observers anywhere in the world.

Opportunity: ‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Deadline: July 31, 2017

Description: NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society once again will offer filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by — and using — actual NASA imagery through “CineSpace,” a short-film competition. Films featuring NASA-captured imagery and video collected throughout the agency’s 50-year history will be judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail: the same hallmarks of spaceflight. Works submitted to CineSpace will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to be shown to audiences both on and off Earth.

Opportunity: NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships
Deadline: December 31, 2017

Description: NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement. NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.